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Living in Lockdown: Greenwich Coming Together - Essential Living

Living in Lockdown: Greenwich Coming Together

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The global pandemic has changed the world around us, switching up our daily routines and ‘business-as-usual’ lifestyles. Through all the hardships there has been some light at the end of the tunnel. News stories have showcased how local businesses have supported the community, whether through charitable donations or food delivery services to those in need.

That strong sense of community has been seen around our very own Union Wharf in Greenwich. Here are just a few businesses who have been champions during COVID-19, supporting Londoners near and afar.

Meantime Brewery

One of London’s most popular craft beer breweries, Meantime, switched to online orders only following the government’s announcement to close all non-essential businesses to the public back in mid-March.

The Greenwich brewery closed the doors of their Tasting Rooms and postponed all behind-the-scenes tours until a later date. That didn’t stop the Meantime team from delivering cold beers to fridges across London though. The team have stayed busy crafting and packaging beers behind closed doors, helping to keep Londoners refreshed and the brewery’s online store remains open now.

Follow Meantime @meantimebrewing

Arapina Bakery

Amid the initial lockdown, it was hard to miss the news stories about shelves wiped clean of flour, toilet roll, pasta and other essentials. That’s where Arapina Bakery stepped in to help. The Greenwich bakery opened up a ‘Grocery List’ service, inviting South East Londoners to fill out their online form to receive a box of essentials delivered to their door. For those that felt anxious visiting supermarkets or were unable to get a slot with a supermarket delivery service, Arapina Bakery’s ‘Grocery List’ was an invaluable service.

As well as these deliveries, the bakery remained open for takeaway food and virtual orders via UberEats and Deliveroo, ensuring no one had to go without brunch during the pandemic.

Now, the bakery operates an online store offering baked goods that cater for all dietary requirements which are available on a click and collect service or home delivery.

Follow Arapina Bakery @arapina_bakery

Crosstown Doughnuts

The popular London doughnut brand, Crosstown Doughnuts, partnered with a number of other London businesses during lockdown to create Crosstown Collective. The initiative saw independent makers St. JOHN Wines, The Estate Dairy, Millers Bakery, Caravan Coffee Roasters, Ted’s Veg, and Crosstown Doughnuts come together to craft grocery boxes and hampers for Londoners. Via their website you could buy a hamper of goodies and have it delivered free straight to your doorstep.

The doughnut brand also launched #operationdoughnation, letting you place a doughnut order on their website that would be donated and delivered to a NHS London hospital of your choice – a heartwarming (and sweet) gesture to NHS workers on the front lines.

As well as these good causes, you could also snap up a box of doughnuts for your own home desk, making the WFH situation a little bit brighter. Crosstown Doughnuts continue to offer a national delivery service and online store.

Follow Crosstown Doughnuts @crosstowndoughnuts

The Guildford Arms & Hand Made Food

Of a similar ilk to Arapina and Crosstown, Greenwich pub The Guildford Arms teamed up with Hand Made Food to create a food box delivery service. The chefs behind the much-loved pub worked closely with Hand Made Food to curate healthy food boxes and hearty meals available for order online.

Whether you wanted to pick up some groceries and essentials or wanted to take out the stress of cooking for yourself, their #feedingacommunity initiative offered an array of produce and pre-cooked meals.

Follow The Guildford Arms @guildfordarms_ and Hand Made Food @handmadefood_

Living in Greenwich

Whilst the pandemic has brought many strains on local businesses, it is inspiring to see how the Greenwich community has come together. From food delivery services to donations to NHS workers, we applaud the many independent stores that have adapted to these troubling times and brought hope to Londoners.

Have you seen another Greenwich business helping the local community throughout lockdown? Let us know by tweeting @EssLiving.

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